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Only Built 4 Cuban Linx [Explicit Lyrics, Import]

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Striving For PerfectionChef Raekwon 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. KnuckleheadzChef Raekwon 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Knowledge GodChef Raekwon 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. CriminologyRaekwon 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Incarcerated ScarfacesChef Raekwon 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rainy DayzChef Raekwon 6:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Guillotine (Swordz)Chef Raekwon 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Can It Be All So Simple (Remix)Chef Raekwon 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Shark Niggas (Biters)Chef Raekwon 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ice WaterChef Raekwon 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Glaciers Of IceChef Raekwon 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Verbal IntercourseChef Raekwon 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen14. Spot RusherzChef Raekwon 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Ice CreamRaekwon 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Wu-GambinosChef Raekwon 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Heaven & Hell (Album Version) [Explicit]Chef Raekwon 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. North Star (Jewels)Chef Raekwon 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Corey Woods aka Raekwon The Chef, has been a staple in the Entertainment industry since his debut in 1993 as an integral part in undeniably one of the greatest Hip-Hop groups to date, the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. Rae's verbal ability took center stage early in the original cult classic "Protect Ya Neck", but little did the world know, that we were merely indulging in delicious ... Read more in Amazon's Raekwon Store

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  • Audio CD (August 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WU9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is arguably the best quasi-solo Wu-Tang album (Ghostface Killah literally gets equal billing). Most of contemporary hip-hop's Mafioso-inspired themes and MC street aliases are inspired by the "Wu-Gambinos" motif introduced on this 18-cut LP. As the Wu's preeminent storyteller, Raekwon (a.k.a. "The Chef") paints Technicolor Kool G Rap-style pictures of high-stakes drug trafficking on "Criminology," and then mixes his street sensibility with 5% Nation of Islam reasoning on "Knowledge God." This album is loaded with RZA's finest production moments, as he samples a barrage of kung-fu flick sound bites, plays discordant keyboards on "Incarcerated Scarfaces," and utilizes some eerie female vocals on "Rainy Dayz." Rae's timeless duet with Nas on "Verbal Intercourse" further cements the album's status as one of the best of all time. --Dalton Higgins

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONE AND ONLY BUILT FOR PURE RAP FANS September 1, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I have every Wu-Tang cd there is and I've been a fan since the start of the WU. I have to say that Rae's album is the greatest album in history. I bought that album when it first came out, which was around four years ago, and every time I listen to it, it still feels like the beginning. Most cd's I buy, I get sick of in a few weeks or even days. However, this album is so perfectly balanced and groundbreaking that I get chills everytime I listen to it. When I listen to it, it just boggles my mind. This is the album that started the entire "Mafia/money-making" craze that has taken over the rap world, but Rae's the only one who did it right. He brought originality and creativity to it, and he did it his own way. When I see other rap stars pretending to be mobsters, they're just followers of the original, Raekwon. Only Built For Cuban Linx...- THE BEST ALBUM EVER
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wu-Tangs Best Solo Effort ....Ever November 16, 2002
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1995 was a one of the greatest years in the history of hip hop. The underground circuit was strong and future stars were on the rise. The Wu-Tang had a world-wide appeal that was almost contagious. With several street bangers already in place who knew that a quit member that goes by the name "The Chef" would drop an album that would prove to be timeless. Raekwon's "Only Built For Cubn Linx" is not only the best Wu-Tang album created but one of the best Hip Hop albums of all time. How many CD's can you play all the way throught and be totally entertained as well as educated. Hell, even the skits were dope! Standout tracks such as "Rainy Days", "Incarcerated Scarfaces", "Wu Gambino's", "Ice-Cream" and "Knowledge God" all represent classic Wu-Tang music......But on "Verbal Intercourse"..Nas drops one of hip hops hottest verses followed by an equally hungry Raekwon. The album is pretty much flawless and the outro is one of the best I've heard. Titled "North Star"..an old school cat from the neighborhood talks about the good times and watching a young Rawkwon grow up to be one of hip hop's finest. Believe me people, "Only Built For Cuban Linx" should have gotten a perfect rating in every hip hop magazine. Shame on the source for giving this album 4.5 mics and then seven years later say they made a mistake! Don't make the same error....go cop it"
t-hanes
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest hip-hop albums ever made. July 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you don't have this album in your collection, seriously, either you don't like hip-hop or there's something wrong with you. This is a timeless classic.
I'm not even going to begin to describe why every track is dope, cuz I'd literally be here all night. Incarcerated Scarfaces, Glaciers Of Ice, Ice Cream, Wu Gambinos, Heaven & Hell, etc...they're ALL classics. But if I had to choose two favorite tracks off of here (I could never choose just one), they'd be Rainy Dayz and Verbal Intercourse.
Rainy Dayz is so smooth it'll give you chills....I remember the first time I heard this track, I played it over and over again, and just like the whole album, it never gets tiring or old.
Verbal Intercourse lets us hear with our own ears the transformation of Nasty Nas to Nas Escobar, and Esco fails to dissappoint. Everything about this track is beyond classic--the unbelievable beat and the flawless flows of Nas, Rae, & Ghost combine to make this one of my personal favorite tracks of all time.
Now enough reading this review, BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ..... The 2nd best CD in the Wu Tang catalog July 27, 2000
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After the Wu Tang Clan's debut CD, they had taken the rap world by storm. Classics such as "Protect Ya Neck", "C.R.E.A.M", "Can It Be All So Simple" and "Method Man" was fresh in everyone's minds. The Wu Tang Clan had stated from the beginning they were trying to make the success of their debut CD beneficial to other Wu Tang members so that they would be able to get solo contracts for each artist as well. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which two Wu Tang artists stood out the most, Method Man and ODB. However, when both of their solo CDs came out there was something missing. Both CDs sounded like they were rushed, especially Method Man's. They both had good singles and their were some other classic songs as well, but you didn't get that on the whole CD like you did on Wu Tang's debut. The next one up to bat was Raekwon, which surprised me at first, because I would have figured GZA would have been released as the 3rd solo CD. The first time I heard Raekwon rap without being featured with a Wu Tang artist was on Mobb Deep's "Eye For An Eye" on Mobb Deep's "The Infamous" CD. His lyrics were razor sharp as usual but I did not think that Raekwon could carry a whole CD. Enter, Ghostface Killah. The Wu Tang Clan probably figured it was easy for Method Man and ODB, but they knew that only die hard Wu Tang fans would know about Raekwon. I'm sure that the pressure was on the Wu Tang Clan to make sure that they did not disappoint their fans. With Raekwon and Ghosface Killah on the mic and the RZA on the boards, they figured it wouldn't be a problem. The first single, "Glaciers Of Ice", demonstrated that. The track featured Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Wu- affiliate Masta Killa. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
First of all I hate hipsters lol Just because it is a classic doesn't mean you have to against the grain and award the album with one star. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Focuz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best hip-hop albums ever
Classic sound to this day. Raekwon, Ghostface and the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan created something that plays like a mob movie.
Published 1 month ago by John Brannen
4.0 out of 5 stars STAIRWELLS
I CAN RELATE TO THIS MUSIC BEING FROM THE GHETTO. I WAS LISTENING TO THIS IN MY EARLIY 20'S AND STILL ROCK IT IN MY EARLY 40'S. CANT GET ENOUGH .
Published 2 months ago by LORDDRE7
4.0 out of 5 stars classic album from NYC
Great beats, lyrics and rappers. This album epitomizes the Raekwon/Wu Tang sound. Knocked off one star because album has too many skits for my taste.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wu Tang Forever
There is a reason why the Wu Tang Clan could never last - too much talent under one stable's roof. As the respective members broke out under their own names, it soon became... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dale Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music
Classic album. Love the music and the vibe of the 90s. Need more of it in today's music. I recommend it
Published 4 months ago by heavychevy77
1.0 out of 5 stars it never arrived
i called to tell them i was in a different spot, and they couldn't stop the shipment, and i don't know where it is currently
Published 4 months ago by Anna Lian Tes
1.0 out of 5 stars Signs point to CD source
What else needs to be said? Worthless remaster that makes a mockery of a classic LP. Avoid this digital vinyl.
Published 5 months ago by WTFMADDEN!
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Wu solo effort?
This is the best Wu solo effort in my opinion even though it could be considered a group album with Ghost & Rae. RZA production is fire.
Published 6 months ago by Marc Macaluso
5.0 out of 5 stars The Purple Tape
Top 5 Hip Hop Album Of All Time!!!!.The Whole LP Is Sicc,the Killa Traccs are all but the one's that make my head spin are Criminology,Rainy Dayz,Can It Be{remix],Glaciers of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by SxS
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what is that song that plays in th background of glacier of ice intro
'Bless Ya Life' (Original Mix) by KGB.
Feb 12, 2010 by Richard Aaron Tibandebage |  See all 4 posts
Best (Or Favorite) Wu-Tang Beat
sleepin' on 4th chamber?!?
Sep 19, 2009 by Chandler Coles |  See all 11 posts
BEST HIP HOP ALBUM OF 1995
Only Built for Cuban Linx is the best from 95. The Infamous was dope too. As was Liquid Swords, e.1999 Eternal, and then there was Me Against the World and Lifestyles of the Poor and Dangerous too. But OBFCL for me.
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